Despite the district magistrate issuing ban orders a few days ago against burning of crop residue (‘prali’) in agricultural fields after harvesting of paddy crop, several farmers across the district have started the practice to clear their fields.
The situation has become a major cause of accidents on the national and state highways as well several link roads but it seems the district administration is not aware of the issue.
The burning of stubble leads to thick smoke which affects visibility on the roads, putting lives of motorists and bikers at risk. The illegal practice not only pollutes the environment but also burns away essential nutrients and friendly organisms present in the soil.
According to agriculture experts, every year, 37 million tonne of crop residue is disposed by burning, which leads to emission of smoke and toxic gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide and kills useful microbes in the soil, leading to poor soil health, loss of soil fertility besides causing immense damage to human health and leading to environmental pollution.
Social worker Raj Dular Singh of Smalsar village said the situation was found to be the worst on the several link roads connecting villages.” DC Parminder Singh Gill said, “I have directed all senior officials to challan those found violating the ban order imposed under Section 144 of the CrPC. We are making farmers aware of the ill effects of burning.”